19 Creamy Vegan Sauces (with nut-free options!)

You don’t have to give up cream sauce when you give up dairy. These creamy vegan sauces include options made with and without nuts.

Ways to Make Vegan Cream Sauce

As you’ll see from the recipes below, there are lots of different ways to make a vegan cream sauce. Bases include nuts, seeds, beans, vegan milk and more.

The way you prepare your vegan cream sauce will depend on the base you’re choosing. If it’s a nut-based sauce, often you just soak and drain your nuts, toss them into the blender with your seasonings and puree. Bing, bang, boom.

Other vegan cream sauces cook up more like conventional ones on the stovetop. You can even veganize a basic bechamel sauce, a white sauce that’s the cornerstone of many non-vegan cream sauces. There’s a bechamel recipe listed below that uses vegan half and half, and I make a similar version using soy or almond milk.

You don't have to give up cream sauce when you give up dairy. These creamy vegan sauces include options made with and without nuts.

Creamy Vegan Sauces

1. Easy Vegan Cream Sauce

Easy Vegan Cream Sauce

This simple vegan cream sauce is gluten free and nut free. Serve it over veggie burgers, toss it into pasta, or use it anywhere you need a little bit of creamy goodness.

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  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour (can be any kind, such as chickpea, buckwheat or millet)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder or 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups water or nondairy milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon miso
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium sized pot.
  2. Gradually whisk in the water or milk, oil and miso.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly. As it heats and thickens, you need to stir almost constantly towards the end.
  4. Season with salt to taste.

Cashews are the secret to this dairy-free creamy garlic pasta. Serve with your favorite steamed veggies for a quick and easy meal.

2.†Creamy Garlic Sauce

This is a cashew-based vegan cream sauce that’s perfect for pasta. You can also use it to replace mayo in†most recipes for dips and spreads.

Zucchini Noodles in Vegan Cream Sauce

3.†Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce

Another cashew-based cream sauce that’s great on zoodles or on pasta!†It also works well drizzled over a Buddha bowl.

Vegan Vodka Sauce

4. Vodka Sauce

Traditionally, you’d pour this creamy tomato sauce over penne, but vodka sauce is delightful on any shape of pasta. This sauce is nut-free and uses hemp seeds for creaminess.

Tahini Ranch Dressing

5. Tahini Ranch Dressing

This nut-free ranch is great on salads or as a dip for a veggie tray.†Like many of the nut- and seed-based vegan cream sauces here, you make this entirely in your blender.

Creamy Vegan Dill Sauce with Spirulina

6. Creamy Dill Sauce

This vibrant dill sauce gets its creaminess from avocados and cashews, and that beautiful color is actually from spirulina!

Vegan Chipotle Cream Sauce

7. Chipotle Alfredo

This nut-free vegan cream sauce is packed with sneaky veggies AND protein. It gets its smooth, rich texture from a combination of cauliflower and white beans. It’s so perfect with that taste of chipotle smokiness.

Creamy Vegan Avocado Sauce

8. Avocado Sauce

You only need†four simple ingredients (plus salt and pepper) to make this rich-and-creamy avocado-basil sauce. It’s served here over zoodles, but it would work great over regular pasta or even as a salad dressing.

Creamy Nut-Free Vegan Pesto

9. Nut-Free Pesto

It’s super easy to make vegan pesto, and this recipe is totally nut free. Instead, it uses a combination of sunflower seeds and tahini to make a creamy, delicious vegan pesto in minutes.

10. Cauliflower Queso

This is another bean- and cauliflower-based cream sauce that’s great for burritos, burrito bowls or even served as a dip with tortilla chips.

Creamy Brown Gravy

11. Creamy Brown Gravy

This rich, savory sauce is soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free. You make†this easy sauce on the stove. If you can stir, you can whip up this creamy brown gravy for your next batch of mashed potatoes.

Vegan Romesco Sauce

12. Romesco Sauce

Romesco is a roasted red pepper sauce, and†it†comes together right in your blender! This recipe uses prepared roasted peppers to save time, but of course you can roast your own if you prefer.

Creamy Sriracha Sauce

13. Creamy Sriracha Sauce

This tahini-based sauce contains no nuts or soy. Just plenty of†decadent spiciness. It’s lovely on veggie burgers, sandwiches or†as a salad dressing.

Vegan Carbonara Sauce

14. Roasted Garlic Carbonara

Smoky, creamy, vegan carbonara sauce uses oat cream as its base. It gets the meaty and eggy flavors from†liquid smoke and black salt, respectively. If oat milk is hard to find where you are, you can use coconut creamer instead.

Vegan Bechamel Sauce

15. Bechamel Sauce

This creamy white sauce is one of the “mother sauces” in French cooking. It is the base for so many cream sauce recipes, and you can use this dairy free version in†recipes that call for starting with a bechamel.

Creamy Vegan Garlic Dressing

16. Creamy Garlic Dressing

This sunflower seed dressing is free from soy, gluten and nuts. It’s easy to make in the blender and is†a delicious way to make your next salad a delight!

Creamy Tahini Sauce

17. Easy Tahini Sauce

This simple, nut-free, gluten-free tahini dressing gets a lovely flavor from a big scoop of coriander. It’s served over falafel and would work well on salads or wraps, too.

18. 24-Carrot Gold Dressing

You guessed itócarrots are the base for this easy blender dressing, and a touch of tahini†amps up that creaminess to the next level.

Vegan Cheez Whiz

19. Vegan Cheez Whiz

You can use cashew butter or tahini to make this oil-free vegan “cheez whiz”. It’s much healthier and more delicious than the stuff†from the can.


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